Born in Poland, Ania Vu (née Vu Dang Minh Anh) is pursuing a Ph.D. in composition as a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her recent music explores varied notions of time, musical energy related to form, and the interplay between linguistical sound properties and meanings in vocal and instrumental music.
Within the past year, a newly discovered interest that she never saw coming is composing text; she likes to think of herself as more of a composer putting words and sounds together, rather than a poet.
Her texts then serve as points of departure during her compositional process. So far, she has been exploring writing in Polish.
Her current mentors are Marcos Balter, James Primosch, and Anna Weesner. In 2017, she received her BM in both Composition and Theory from the Eastman School of Music.
Ania is a recipient of an Honorable Mention and a two-time finalist of the ASCAP Morton Gould Competition Young Composers Awards, and a finalist of the 2019 Kaleidoscope Call for Scores. This past year, she was commissioned by the Daedalus Quartet to write a new piece for their "Music & Migration" 2019-20 concert season. Other performers of her music include the MIVOS Quartet, TAK ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Iridium Saxophone Quartet. Her music has been performed at several festivals, including the Valencia International Performance Academy (VIPA) in Spain, Red Note New Music Festival in Illinois State University, SoundSCAPE in Cesena, Italy, and Women in Music in Rochester.
For more information about her piano background, performances and teaching, please scroll down to Performance.
Outside of music, Ania has a passion for languages, and speaks fluent English, Polish, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to having studied Latin and German. She also enjoys traveling - having visited 30 countries so far -, wandering in all kinds of museums, ballroom dancing, and composing text.
(Résumé) updated in 11/2019.